The Menu Program

The Mason Square Health Task Force has developed “The MENU Program,” a free six-session nutrition education program with workshops that include healthy cooking demonstrations, healthy food access awareness and a variety of nutrition related content and more.

For more information, contact the Mason Square Health Task Force at 413-206-5505 or visit

With The MENU Program, you will:

  • Become empowered as a food consumer and preparer
  • Know more about the food you eat and what it has to offer you
  • Learn new ways of preparing food that add value to your plate
  • Use resources in a way that enables you to save money and eat healthier
  • Gain strategies for avoiding temptations
  • Prevent chronic illness by eating in a healthier way
  • Stay healthy for your loved ones and so that you can achieve your dreams

Session 1: Nutrition 101

Learn how to create a balanced meal using the USDA’s MyPlate nutrition guidelines; how to read food labels and more.

Session 2: Enjoying healthy food that tastes great

Participants will learn to identify sources of fat in their diets and learn how to modify their recipes so they taste good and are healthy at the same time.

Session 3: Stretching your budget, Saving your peace of mind

Participants will learn the benefits of planning meals ahead of time, how to shop for healthy foods on a budget.

Session 4: Eating out, it happens

Participants will learn how to compare the fats in restaurant meals by reviewing nutrition facts.

Session 5: Diet & Disease

Participants will be able to name at least 3 preventative measures they can take to lower their risk of experiencing heart disease, diabetes, and cancer.

Session 6: Food Justice

Participants will be able to define food justice and learn about the food access programs in the community.